HHS Awards $45.7 Million in Grants to Plan and Care for Americans with HIV/AIDS
HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced 61 grants totaling more than $45.7 million to help states, territories and communities plan for and provide comprehensive health care services, including medications, for Americans living with HIV/AIDS.
"President Bush and I are determined to provide the necessary resources to fight HIV/AIDS at home and abroad," Secretary Thompson said. "These funds provide critical support to the organizations caring for, or planning to care for, some of our most vulnerable populations afflicted with AIDS."
The grants are from programs funded by the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act, which is administered by HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration. Specifically, Secretary Thompson announced:
24 grants totaling $22.6 million under the Title IV Comprehensive Family Services Program to provide comprehensive HIV/AIDS care for women, infants, children, youth and their affected families;
17 matching grants totaling $21.4 million under the Title II Supplemental AIDS Drug Assistance Program to help 14 states, the Virgin Islands, Guam and Puerto Rico provide life-saving medications for people living with HIV/AIDS;
six one-year grants totaling $299,058 under the Title III Planning Program to help organizations prepare to provide high-quality comprehensive HIV primary health care services.
"Today's awards cover a range of activities within America's health care safety net for people living with HIV/AIDS, from planning for services to providing comprehensive care and medications," said HRSA Administrator Elizabeth M. Duke, Ph.D. "These activities continue to strengthen the safety net and make it a model of cost-effective, high quality primary health care."
HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau administers CARE Act programs. Since fiscal year 1991, Congress has appropriated $13.6 billion in CARE Act funding. These programs help an estimated 533,000 people obtain essential care and services each year. For futher information on a list of grant recipients, click on the original link (http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2003pres/20030731.html) .
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